Tuscan Women Cook

Torrita di Siena, Italy

Cooking classes in a weeklong program in Montefollonico in Tuscany, Italy.

Testimonials 10

  • Susan S

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    As a single woman, it is difficult to plan a trip to Europe and not feel like a "third wheel". I do not like tours, so because of my love for cooking, I thought I would give this a try. I took the 1-week class. I had the best vacation ever. Bill and Patty make everyone feel welcome. The diversity of the group makes for interesting company. Was it just this group or does it always happen? I think, by reading the reviews of others, this is the norm. Learn great cooking skills. Enjoyed great meals with interesting people. And the setting... Well it is like out of a movie. Beautiful Tuscany. I can't wait to go back. Treat yourself to a week of Tuscan Women Cook. You won't regret it, and will never forget it.

  • a traveler United States

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    We attended the week-long program in June of 2014. (The site only has drop down dates back a year) Being independent travelers, we were apprehensive about a week in close proximity with a group of people we didn't know. We were so apprehensive that we took two years to actually book. We were so glad we did! Yes, it is pricey, but worth it. Save your pennies and experience this beautiful location with locals. In addition to cooking with local women the excursions are fun, wine tastings, cheese tasting and touring other villages all compliment the cooking and eating aspects of the program. Since it is a group, it would even be appropriate for a single traveler. We had a woman traveling alone and Bill was sure to make sure she was comfortable and having a good time. Bill takes the time to "study" the participants prior to arrival and on the first night at the welcome reception, you immediately feel like you matter. These personal touches made the week fabulous.

  • Jos W Australia

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    It has been 2 months since my trip to the most amazing time of my life and meeting a great bunch of people! Tuscan Women Cook classes were so much fun, food and wine! This is due to the amazing hosts Shelby Sutherland and her team, Rhonda, Denise, and Rambo, and the delightful La Chiusa master chef Dania and our translator, Christina. Our cooking classes were dispersed with trips to local restaurants, vineyards, cheese making and the villages surrounding Montefollonico which not only have great shopping but packed with historical interest.

  • Milagro Nuevo Mexico

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    This truly was the trip of a lifetime! Our hosts: Shelby, Rhonda, Denise, and Rambo could not have done a better job of filling in for Bill and Patty! They brought the feel and beauty of Tuscany to life. The area women cooks, who had the patience and hospitality to allow us to invade their kitchens and attempt to make pasta was memorable, to say the least. I have come home with many fantastic memories and new friends that I'm sure will be with me for a very long time. I look forward to returning and getting another "Tuscan Women Cook" plate for my kitchen.

  • Robert C

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    Each class provided new and interesting recipes. We had the opportunity to see detailed techniques and leave with recipes, and hands-on learning which can be repeated at home. Great chefs and several teaching assistants. We made several new friends and would highly recommend this experience.

  • Chad Montana

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    Bill and Patty do the whole thing right. From the moment you arrive until you leave, you are family! I love them both. My wife and I have gone twice. That's how much we liked it!

  • Rodi United States

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    Just returned to New Jersey from the October 3, 2010 cooking class. Went with two girlfriends and just had the most wonderful experience. Bill and Patty Sutherland were excellent and charmimg hosts. Our transportation to wine and cheese tastings and cooking classes etc. were all in private air conditioned vans with Fabio as our driver. All the cooking classes were taught at different locations with wonderful and talented local chefs. It definitely exceeded my expectations. It was a great combination of fun, cooking, amazing eating, beautiful scenery and socializing. I would recommend it to my friends.

  • Wilson United States

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    My wife Karen and I just returned from a week with Patty and Bill Sutherland at their program Tuscan Women Cook. We went with another couple and I was the only non-cooking enthusiast among us. Hence, I had some pre-trip reservations. I have none now. The daily (except Wednesday) 3 hour cooking school was taught by local women who are superb cooks (one the top chef at Ristorante Relais La Chiusa, one of the best in Italy, the other at 13 Goblins) and the teaching and demonstrations in which everyone had a part to do were serious; the recipes were supplied and the delicious results eaten for lunch. In addition to the lesson plan, a lot of fun was had. Bill Sutherland augmented the translator (the cooks are so authentic, they don't speak English) and, as a lifelong foodie was a font of Italian cooking practicality and lore.But the fun just started there. The Sutherlands have lived in Tuscany both full-time and part-time for many years and filled our afternoons and evenings with delightful and instructive activities that ranged from sightseeing including a trip to Florence to wineries and wine-tastings with extremely generous pours. Our group of 17, one more than usual, were interesting and friendly people and we lingered over every meal in conversation. We stayed in La Chiusa with its incredible view and staff that could not do enough for us. Others in our party were at La Costa, both in Montefollonico, with its even better view and great food. All told, it was a wonderful week and one we recommend highly.

  • a traveler United States

    Trip Advisor website

    My husband and I have also attended this fabulous cooking school, not once, but twice! That's how much we loved it. I absolutely adored the cooking lessons from the older ladies of the village of Montefollonico who taught us recipes that have been handed down over the generations. What we were both surprised by, and the reason we came back a second time, was the graciousness of Patty and Bill Sutherland (the very much hands-on owners of the cooking school). They each bring unique perspectives to the trip. Bill is a resall foodie and Patty is an artist. The afternoon trips to local villages (all on a private Mercedes mini-bus with the most wonderful driver - Fabio) were beautiful, illuminating and just plain fun. We loved the wine tasting and tour of centuries old wine caves and the trip to the Florence food market was truly fabulous. The dinners are also wonderful. They are all in local restaurants which serve excellent, authentic Tuscan cuisine and one is the stupendous La Chiusa (where one of the cooking lessons is taught). This restaurant is Michelin starred and we are still dreaming about the lamb. Overall, this trip has far exceeded our expectations - both times!

  • Lynne Gibbons United States

    Tuscan Women Cook website

    You did not prepare us for the terrible withdrawal symptoms upon leaving you!!! I miss the cobblestone streets of Montefollonico. I miss the stories of the village, I miss the birthday celebrations. I miss our wonderful group. I miss the homemade pasta and the great wine and the charming, wonderful Tuscan women who shared their passion for food with us!

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